Transmission apart, the most dramatic departure for the Australian-bound base Golf is the electrification of the dashboard.
Gone is the conservative yet dignified look of the older version, for a modish, layered, screen-heavy design that is both inspiring and a little underwhelming also, raising a question that shouldn’t be ignored: is there too much digitisation for the Golf’s own good?
Positives first. Entry and egress are easy, into a big, bright and airy interior for a hatch of this size. In this regard nothing’s different. The 2636mm wheelbase is more or less the same as before. Deep windows and commanding seating equal lots of airy lightness and atmosphere – it’s especially inviting after the high-waisted claustrophobic cabins…